A FORMER coach house in Newport looks set for a new lease of life, with plans to turn it into a delicatessen approved.

Located next to the Tredegar Arms pub in Bassaleg, the site is thought to have been built in the mid-19th Century – and served as a coach house for the inn.

More recently, the property was transferred into private ownership, and has mainly been used for storage.

But now, it appears as though it could be brought back into use.

According to planning documents, approval has been granted to change the use of the building to class A1 for retail use.

It comes as part of the owner's plans to open a delicatessen inside the coach house.

The plans, submitted to Newport City Council by Volute Architects on behalf of their client – a Ms Nadia Singh, show that the site will be used “for the sale of food and drink products to the public.”

An earlier version of the plans also called for a secondary use as class A3 for the sale of food and drink – though this does not form part of the final plan.

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What do plans show?

Documents show that for the most part, food and drink will be prepared for the purpose of retail sale.

As part of these plans, approval has been given to internally alter the building, including the creation of an enclosed kitchen.

Earlier plans to operate a takeaway service, along with a small amount of dine-in provision have been refused by planning bosses.

While the external aspects of the building will see some work carried out to it, it is not anticipated that the character of the building will be altered.

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Proposals show that there will be no parking provision for customers of the deli within the site “to protect the safety of pedestrians passing the property and patrons of the premises.”

However, this formed part of the basis for refusing the A3 use as a takeaway.

Previously, the coach house had planning permission granted to be used as an A2 premises for financial and professional service use.

Though this consent was granted in 2009, it is not thought that the property was used for this purpose.

More recently, the previous owners are thought to have used it for storage.

According to the plans, the property’s new owners hope that this planning consent “will allow the property to return to its former prominence for community use within the village of Bassaleg".

Council planning officers granted the delicatessen conditional planning approval.

One condition stipulated that the business can only trade between 8am and 6pm on any given day.

Another stated that the site can only be used for A1 use, and “at no time shall it be used for class A3 purposes.”